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RICHMOND star Brett Deledio has agreed to join Greater Western Sydney after the Giants made a late play for the veteran midfielder.

Geelong explored trading for Deledio earlier in the NAB AFL Trade Period but talks broke down when Richmond requested Cats midfielder Josh Caddy in return

The 29-year-old then looked set to stay at Punt Road in 2017 to honour the final year of his existing contract, but GWS made a strong bid to entice the two-time All Australian to Spotless Stadium. 

Deledio flew to Sydney on Tuesday to meet with GWS officials and the Giants confirmed late on Wednesday evening that Deledio wants to join the club and that they would work with the Tigers to finalise a trade.

GWS is considering offering Richmond a late first-round draft pick for Deledio, but in return would expect the Tigers to pay some of his lucrative 2017 salary.

The Giants would most likely offer Deledio a two-year contract with an option for a third season. 

However, the Giants have less than a day to finalise a deal for Deledio, one that will be dependent on them first finalising a trade with Carlton for young key defender Caleb Marchbank. 

Complicating the Giants' Deledio bid even further, the Marchbank deal could be delayed by the Blues' drawn-out negotiations with Adelaide over Bryce Gibbs. 

Although the Giants are confident they could broker a trade with Carlton independent of the Gibbs deal, if the Blues finalise a trade with the Crows centred around pick No.13 that selection would then almost certainly form the basis of Marchbank's move to Ikon Park. 

The Giants could then pass that pick on to Richmond for Deledio, although they also hold pick No.15 in the draft. 

Richmond talent manager Dan Richardson confirmed on Wednesday Deledio's management had held preliminary talks with GWS ahead of Thursday's trade deadline.

"They've expressed some interest in him," Richardson told AFL.com.au. 

"We're happy for him to stay at Richmond, but he's also looking at his options." 

GWS was meeting with Carlton on Wednesday afternoon for further discussions on Marchbank.

The Blues were believed to have made progress in their Gibbs negotiations with the Crows on Tuesday night, with the possible addition of a future pick alongside pick No.13 raised as a way of satisfying them.

However, the Crows and Blues' talks remained ongoing on Wednesday afternoon.

The trade period closes at 2pm on Thursday.

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